Lessons to be Learnt from Sports

The Tokyo Olympics has been a golden period for sports followers. Sports relax and entertain. They also teach us some important spiritual, life-improving lessons.

Maintain grace

 In a high jump event at the Olympics, we saw Qatar’s athlete giving up an opportunity to go for a solo gold medal because his Italian opponent was injured. He shared the gold medal with the Italian and ensured that the spirit of Olympics wins. There was grace and magnanimity to be seen. Similarly in life, we too should be prepared to share the spoils. You grow in stature when you bring up others with you. You will end up being a winner.


It’s all about teamwork

In football, the striker in the front scores a goal.  Though the goal is solely marked in his name, the ball actually reaches him after several passes made by his teammates, dodging the opposing defenders. The striker’s role is to put it in the goal post from a short distance. He is credited with the goal scored. Similarly in life, a significant portion of your success can be attributed to your team and your family. Acknowledge their role.


Make fewer errors

It is seen that in any sport, a player or a team with fewer unforced errors will win, as compared to the one who may hit more winners. The recently concluded Wimbledon final is a fine example. The winner, Novak Djokovic, made only 21 unforced errors, and his opponent Matteo Berrettini, more than twice as many, 48. Berrettini had 57 winners, as opposed to Djokovic’s 31. Trying to hit winners also carries the risk of committing mistakes. Similarly in life, if you can avoid mistakes like taking disproportionate financial risks, you will most likely end up a winner.


Focus and concentrate

The most embarrassing situation is when a player scores an ‘own goal’ This happens mostly due to lack of focus. Similarly in life, by lowering your guard, you could become a victim of fraud. Remain focused to ensure that you don’t put yourself in harm’s way.


Enjoy at your level

 It is not for everyone to become the greatest of all time, a GOAT, a legend. Every generation throws up  only a few great names that are revered for a long time. A vast majority play the game knowing that they may never be legends, but they play because of their passion for the game. Similarly in life, you may not set up a big multinational company, but you can create a niche that can make you happy and successful.


Inspire others

The captain of the team is not necessarily the best player, however, he is a motivator and has the ability to bring out the best in his team. He has the heart to take the blame for the defeat and credit the team for success. Similarly in life, you may not be the best engineer or lawyer leading a team, but if you have the qualities that inspire others to respect you, you can lead successfully.


Down but not out

Instances of turning the game around in your favour are many when all seems lost. We have seen players and teams doing the impossible through sheer grit. Similarly in life, patience, perseverance, confidence in your ability play an important role to ensure that you come out successful from a difficult situation.

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